8 of the best boutique hostels around the world

On a budget but don’t fancy slumming it? We’ve found some of the coolest places to stay that won’t break the bank.

When you’re going on holiday or spending a long time travelling around the world it can often feel like you have to sacrifice a swanky hotel room in favour of a more affordable option.

The words ‘luxury’ and ‘hostel’ don’t have to be mutually  exclusive, however.

With nine out of 10 hostels now offering private rooms, you'd be surprised at what you can bag for a few nights in one of these luxury-style hostels.

From a boutique apartment in Barcelona to a historic town in Bulgaria - there's something for all types of travellers no matter where or how you plan to travel.

Hostelworld helped us round up eight of the best, to prove that you don’t need to splurge to stay somewhere swanky.

1. The Local NYC, New York, USA

Try booking yourself into a luxury private room at The Local NYC where you’ll find en-suite bathroom fully equipped with towels, linens and all the amenities you'd expect from a hotel.

The rooftop bar at The Local not only boasts a beautiful view of the New York skyline at sunset but also puts on enjoyable events such as wine tasting evenings, stand-up comedy and movie nights.

2. Casa Gracia, Barcelona, Spain

Casa Gracia is the place to be if you’re looking for an authentic taste of Barcelona in one of the city’s trendiest neighbourhoods.

The boutique rooms feature en-suite bathrooms and a terrace balcony view of the Paseo de Gracia Boulevard.

For the ultimate taste of the hostel high life, check-in to Casa Gracia’s super suite, with its own bath Jacuzzi and supplies of chilled wine, fruit, fluffy bathrobes and slippers.

3. Hostel Old Plovdiv, Plovdiv, Bulgaria

In the heart of old Plovdiv, Bulgaria’s second city, sits Hostel Old Plovdiv, and it’s a real marvel.

The house was built in the 1860s and still retains the grand décor demanded by its then owner, who was one of the richest tobacco merchants in the area, complete with old wood floors, high ceilings, and huge windows that bring guests back to the luxurious height of the Bulgarian National Revival,

Beds, wardrobes and tables are all local antiques.

Stay for authenticity as well as authentic luxury.

[Read more: 7 of the most beautiful places to visit in Bulgaria]

4. Generator Paris, Paris, France

Paris is a beautiful city and Generator Paris' amazing roof top bar is an ideal place to take in the view with a cocktail in hand.

Premium rooms also boast their own private terrace.

5. TOC Hostel Madrid, Madrid, Spain

Al fresco paintings and ornate decoration mix with clean, modern design at TOC Hostel Madrid.

Whether you want a private room or just a comfortable bed in one of the shared dormitories, this is outstanding accommodation for a stay in the Spanish capital.

Located in a stunningly preserved building dating back to the 19th century, the heart of the hostel is thoroughly contemporary.

6. Lisbon Calling, Lisbon, Portugal

Located in a 250-year-old building, the private rooms at Lisbon Calling are decked out with boudoir-chic artwork, chesterfield armchairs and retro lighting.

It’s just like having your own Portuguese apartment to stay in, except with the added bonus of early morning visits from housekeeping to deliver freshly baked bread.

7. Ostello Bello Grande, Milan, Italy

Voted best large hostel in Europe by Hostelworld customers in this year's Hoscar awards which celebrate the best hotels in the world, Ostello Bello Grande boasts many great amenities and free services for its guests.

Enjoy breakfast, a welcome drink, dinner, tea, shampoos and soaps all free.

There’s also three terraces complete with hammocks, a barbecue and a vegetable garden, musical instruments to play, a games room, and free tours for your enjoyment.

Taking a furry friend? They’ll be welcome here as long as you’re staying in one of the private rooms.

Located right in the centre of Milan to boot, what more could you ask for?

8. Soul Kitchen, St Petersburg, Russia

Another 2017 Hoscar winner, Soul Kitchen was rated the best hostel in Europe and combines the privacy and carefully decorated interior design  of a hotel, with the hostel social atmosphere.

Ideally situated for exploring the St Petersburg sights, you can call on the staff’s expertise and find the perfect day out for you, or relax with a book and enjoy the view of the river from the balcony.

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